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Medium: Spray Paint
Format: Unsigned Spray Paint
Size: H 30cm x W 30cm
Edition size: 100
Banksy's Blowpop Records, a Spray Paint piece from 1999, is expected to fetch between £1,900 and £2,850 at auction. Over the past five years, the artwork's hammer price has ranged from £2,478 in January 2021 to a remarkable £5,583 in December 2020, showing an increase in value with a notable return to the seller. Blowpop Records has been sold at auction 10 times since its first sale in 2002, reaching art collectors in France, the United States, and Belgium. The edition size of this artwork is strictly limited to 100. Despite being unsigned, this piece reflects the signature provocative style that Banksy is renowned for.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|January 2021||Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris - France||Blowpop Records - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|December 2020||Artcurial - France||Blowpop Records - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|December 2019||Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris - France||Blowpop Records - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|April 2019||Julien's Auctions - United States||Blowpop Records - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|October 2017||Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris - France||Blowpop Records - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|September 2017||Artcurial - France||Blowpop Records - Unsigned Spray Paint|
|December 2016||Julien's Auctions - United States||Blowpop Records - Unsigned Spray Paint|
Blowpop Records (1999) is a Banksy mixed media multiple, released in an edition of 100. Using acrylic and spray-paint on record sleeve, it depicts a matador with cape. In a classic Banksy twist, instead of a raging bull, the matador faces a car—a showdown of stereotypical symbols of ‘machismo’.
At the top of the composition, Banksy writes ‘Blowpop Records’ in stencil capital letters. This name refers to the Bristol-based music label that the Capoeira Twins were signed to. Banksy produced this image for a limited release of one of the Capoeira Twins’ electronic music records. 100 copies of the record cover designed by Banksy were given to notable DJs all over the UK for free and each cover was hand stencilled by the artist himself.
The artwork captures the essence of Banksy’s wit which shines through in many of his artworks. Merging the matador and motor car in one image, the artist takes two traditional symbols of masculinity and romanticised Spanish ‘machismo’. Throughout his artistic career, Banksy has collaborated with a variety of English artists by designing their album covers, notably Blur’s seventh album, Think Tank.
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